Holding the UN to account for Haiti Cholera


This Public Policy Lecture is delivered by Professor Philip Alston and hosted by the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC). Original text available here.

A rare and important opportunity to listen to Philip Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Alston recently penned a scathing report (pdf) on the organisation’s role in the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Significantly, he said that legal advice provided by UN lawyers was deeply flawed meaning it was difficult for the UN to acknowledge its responsibilities in introducing the disease to the country. Since 2010, cholera has killed close to ten thousand Haitians and sickened one hundred thousand people.

About the speaker
Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. His teaching focuses primarily on international law, human rights law, and international criminal law. He co-chairs the NYU Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He has previously been Professor of Law and Foundation Director of the Center for International and Public Law at the Australian National University and Professor of International Law at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence where he was also Head of Department and Co-Director of the Academy of European Law.

Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm, Friday 2 December 2016.

Venue: Ground floor lecture theatre, ArtsOne Building, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road E1 4NS United Kingdom

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